And what was the object of his journey to Brundusium
? and of that great haste?
What was his hope, except to lead that vast army to the city or rather into the
city? What a proceeding was that selection of the centurions! What unbridled
fury of an intemperate mind! For when those gallant legions had raised an outcry
against his promises he ordered those centurions to come to him to his house
whom he perceived to be loyally attached to the republic and then he had them
all murdered before his own eyes and those of his wife whom this noble commander
had taken with him to the army What disposition do you suppose that this man
will display toward us whom he hates when he was so cruel to those men whom he
had never seen? And how covetous will he be with respect to the money of rich
men when he thirsted for even the blood of poor men? whose property such as it
was he immediately divided among his satellites and boon companions.